Successful Living with Hearing Loss

By Virginia Parker, Hard of Hearing Assistant

It is possible to have a successful and happy life, even when faced with hearing loss. That is the message five panelists shared on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, during a panel discussion entitled: “Successful Living with Hearing Loss.” The panelists provided practical life and career advice for attendees.

Some of the panelists have lived with hearing loss since birth, while others have had to adapt to hearing loss later in life. The panelists’ careers vary from research scientists, to concert organizers, to legal assistants. Some are parents. Some are single. One has traveled the world alone. Some are leaders in the hearing loss community. Some depend on hearing aids or assistive hearing devices. Some have cochlear implants. Some know signing. Some rely heavily on lip/speech reading. The panelists all live in different parts of the country; but, besides hearing loss, there’s one other thing they all have in common: they are all happy, successful people! Hearing loss, even at the most severe levels, has not stopped any of them from living a fulfilling, exciting and enjoyable life. More...

Deafblind and Thriving

In 1984, U.S. President Ronald Reagan issued an executive proclamation that reads, in part: "On June 27 we commemorate the...anniversary of the birth of Helen Keller, America's most renowned and respected deaf-blind person. Her accomplishments serve as a beacon of courage and hope for our Nation, symbolizing what deaf-blind people can achieve.”

Today, we continue the tradition of celebrating the courageous achievements of our Deafblind family, neighbors, friends and co-workers. We honor them and all who support their efforts to thrive. More...

Meet the ASL Interpreters on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Trenton Marsh, a certified deaf interpreter, and Clay Anderson, an ASL interpreter, are part of every Governor’s Office and Department of Health media briefing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both are staff with the Utah Division of Services of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. They help ensure all Utahns, including those who are part of Utah’s Deaf community, can access the important public health and safety information being shared during these unprecedented times.

Their work has not gone unnoticed. Recently, KUTV 2, KSL Newsradio and ABC 4 have all highlighted Trenton and Clay's work to help hearing people understand why their efforts are so critical, what their workflow and process is, and how they are able to convey such complex information so seamlessly. The news clips are available below, including transcripts. More...